Welcome to the website of the Common English Forum

The Common English Forum is a body which exists to consider matters of current interest in English studies both in schools and universities.
The Forum meets regularly with representatives from the Department for Education and other bodies involved in the teaching of English.
Its constituent members represent the following organisations:
  • The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education A charity which seeks to raise the literacy achievement of children by putting quality children’s literature at the heart of all learning.
  • The Committee for Linguistics in Education CLiE is the joint committee of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) and the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).
  • The English Association The English Association fosters excellence in teaching and research and promotes the study and enjoyment of English literature, language, and creative writing across all sectors of education.
  • The English and Media Centre An educational charity providing CPD and innovative and award-winning teaching materials to secondary English and Media teachers. Publisher of E-magazine.  
  • AdvanceHE (previously The Higher Education Academy) A “member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society.” Offers an accredited Fellowship scheme for academics.
  • The Institute of English Studies An internationally renowned research centre, part of SAS, specialising in the history of the book, manuscript and print studies, textual scholarship, digital editing and new critical approaches to literary history.  
  • The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language A global professional membership association, and a UK registered charity, linking, developing and supporting English language teaching professionals worldwide.
  • The Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  •  The National Association of Advisors in English A professional association for those who provide advice, support and training across the whole field of English and literacy education, at all levels.
  • The National Association for the Teaching of English  (NATE) Mainly for Primary and Secondary level teachers, NATE promotes “standards of excellence in the teaching of English from Early Years to University” and “innovative and original ideas that have practical classroom outcomes”, and supports teachers’ professional development. In addition, NATE runs conferences, facilitates collaborations and advocates for the discipline. The London Association for the Teaching of English (LATE) is a dedicated branch of NATE within the London and Hertfordshire region. 
  • The National Association of Writers in Education NAWE’s mission is to “further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing” and to “support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.”
  • The United Kingdom Literacy Association UKLA is dedicated to the development of literacy and of research-informed literacy education. 
  • University Council of General and Applied LinguisticsUCGAL links together major learned societies and associations in the field to provide a unified voice on public policy matters for linguistics within the UK higher education community.
  • University English (formerly The Council for College and University English (CCUE)), UE promotes the study of English in higher education and provides opportunities for English lecturers to meet colleagues from other institutions and discuss matters of shared concern.
The Forum is currently convened and administered by the English Association and Chaired by Professor Robert Eaglestone

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